For those who didn’t know it before, Terry reiterated it Friday morning a few minutes after he walked into the American Airlines Center for the first time since he left the Mavs last summer to sign a three-year, $15.675 contract with the Boston Celtics.

Asked about the Mavs’ struggles, Terry quickly said: “It’s tough (to see the Mavs struggle), because I’m still a Mavs fan at heart. Again, when you break up the team, that’s what happens.’’

Terry played a key role in the Mavs winning the 2011 NBA title. But Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion and Rodrigue Beaubois are the only players currently with the Mavs who were on that championship team.

Since then, the Mavs were 36-30 and swept in the first round of last year’s lockout-shortened by the Oklahoma City Thunder in four games. And this season they’re 32-36 and in jeopardy of not making the playoffs at all.

Terry felt there’s “no question’’ the Mavs could have made another run at another title had all the key pieces been brought back last season.

“And we probably would have gotten better, we probably would have added a couple more pieces, but it didn’t happen,’’ Terry said. “So you can’t cry about it now.’’

Still, Terry was disappointed how players like Tyson Chandler, JJ Barea, Caron Butler, Corey Brewer and DeShawn Stevenson were so easily dispatched. Especially since he felt the Mavs were on the verge of possibly building a dynasty.

“You like to have a chance to fight for what you’ve earned, and we didn’t get that opportunity,’’ Terry said. “I mean, it’s over now.

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